Yu Darvish apologizes to Los Angeles Dodgers fans for letting them down in the 2017 World Series with the Game 7 loss to the Houston Astros.
The Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988. After a heartbreaking loss to the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, they’re still waiting for their next victory.
Yu Darvish feels really bad about that.
Darvish was out and about in Los Angeles when TMZ Sports caught up with him and asked about that disastrous Game 7 outing. “Dodger fans…they expect we won the World Series. I couldn’t do it. I still feel sorry.”
With hindsight being what it is, it’s hard to lay all of the blame for the Dodgers’ loss at Darvish’s feet. The 31 year old has made 6 career postseason appearances dating back to the Wild Card game in 2012 when he was with the Texas Rangers. In 2017 he made 4 appearances with mixed results.
Darvish started Game 3 of the National League Division Series game against NL West rival Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers came away with a 3-1 win, clinching the NLDS sweep after Darvish’s impressive 5 inning performance. He allowed 2 hits and one earned run, throwing 7 strikeouts.
Game 3 of the National League Championship Series was much the same: Darvish allowed 6 hits and one earned run in 6.1 innings of work against the Chicago Cubs, notching 7 strikeouts. The Dodgers won that game 6-1.
Fast forward to the World Series. Darvish pitched Game 3, the first night in Houston, and came away with a 5-3 loss. This time he only worked 1.2 innings after allowing 6 hits and 4 earned runs, with no strikeouts at all. Game 7 was much the same: 1.2 innings, 3 hits, 4 earned runs, 0 Ks. The Dodgers lost 5-1 to the Astros in Game 7, crushing their dreams of victory.
While Darvish fell apart in the World Series, all signs had been pointing to another solid performance. And the Dodgers’ sluggish bats certainly didn’t help him in either of Darvish’s World Series appearances.
With the 2017 MLB season in the rearview mirror, Darvish’s apology comes at the right moment and it’s clear that he really does feel bad about the team’s loss. As a free agent, he’s still open to staying in Los Angeles as the team looks ahead to 2018.